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Re: The California's Great America Discussion Thread

Postby sjsharkattack10 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:57 pm

Looks like I'm going tomorrow night by myself. If anyone wants to meet up let me know :)

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Re: The California's Great America Discussion Thread

Postby Angry_Gumball » Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:55 pm

I'm going Saturday for a 'normal operation' visit, followed by some Haunt action right after. If anyone's going the route I'm going, it is probably worth doing the park's Boofet deal...$13, all you can eat, plus some monsters running around the picnic grounds. We even get early entry (by 10 minutes, trust me it helps a lot) into the park, entering through between Delta Flyer and Flight Deck...great way to avoid the 'running of the bulls' and the 'clog up' at the metal detectors.

I know Robman mentioned something about also going Saturday. Anyone else here going?

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Re: The California's Great America Discussion Thread

Postby sjsharkattack10 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:01 pm

I would go Saturday but I'm going to the Winchester mystery house flashlight tour and maze :) everyone should check it out

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Postby ABW » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:03 pm

Let's turn this into a mini-TPR gathering shall we? I see you all who choose to show up on Saturday.
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Postby Angry_Gumball » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:08 pm

Let's turn this into a mini-TPR gathering shall we? I see you all who choose to show up on Saturday.
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Re: The California's Great America Discussion Thread

Postby robman » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:13 pm

Yup I will be there Saturday with a couple of family members and a friend of mine, which will be his first time at Haunt. Hopefully I will see you guys throughout the evening. Should be a great night! Usually the first weekend is quite so that should be nice!

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Re: The California's Great America Discussion Thread

Postby sjsharkattack10 » Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:29 am

Got a review from haunt :) so I went last night and let me just say I have never seen so many people there on opening night. The improvement are pretty good, I was suprized. The old mazes haven't changed much, club blood now starts where u use to exit and the go go dancers are at the end. Slaughterhouse is pretty much a new maze and was one of my favorites of the night, won't spoil anything so u can experience it for yourself. The scare zones did improve but really nothing special. I didn't catch any shows but another tpr member told me "zombies gone viral" was just ok. The worst maze by far was werewolf canyon, not many actors and at least when I went no chainsaws. Like I said earlier all the other mazes were the same but they are still a good time. Overall if it was a fun night and I hope that if we dont have haunt next year we at least have some kind of Halloween event.

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Re: The California's Great America Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterBeagle » Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:54 pm

^ do remember that if you come in a couple weeks the talent will be better because they are just getting used to it. Especially if they are new. I would be nervous at first.

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Re: The California's Great America Discussion Thread

Postby Flagg O'Dim » Sat Oct 01, 2011 3:49 pm

WARNING! HAUNT SPOILERS AHEAD! SKIP THIS POST IF YOU'RE PLANNING ON GOING!


I went to Haunt on opening night yesterday. It was great to be back! Certainly a lot more crowded than opening night last year. Nobody was waiting for the rides, all the lines were for the mazes.

I finally caught the opening ceremony, after missing it last year. It was very well done, especially with the Overlord rising almost to the top of the Carousel.

Lots of noticeable improvements throughout. The most obvious one being Slaughterhouse: Annihilation (more on that later), but also some surprising ones (you can hardly recognize Underworld Alley now, lots of new additions). Black Widow's Cavern seemed to have more monsters this time.

Speaking of the scare zones, I have to say that I felt they were a bit underwhelming. The Dead Man's Cove "expansion" is barely noticeable, and the Gauntlet is just...there (sorry, Nibbler!). Also, having the bridge by Firefall empty is just awkward, it was better to have a mediocre scare zone (Witch Doctor's) than none at all. However, last year the scare zones improved as the month progressed, so I'll reserve further judgment, and classify them as a work in progress. They're still fun to walk through, I was just expecting more. On the bright side, Underworld Alley and Dead Man's Cove have some excellent new theme songs, exactly the type of quality you would expect from the CGA crew. Please release these songs (along with Slaughterhouse's new song) for download!

On to the mazes...listed in order from best to worst.

Slaughterhouse: Annihilation (x2): Well, they did it. After being the worst maze (in my opinion) last year, I can say without a doubt that the redone version is now the best maze in the park. Excellent, and very, very dark and mature (gone is the quirky Mcdonalds ending). Navigating your way through squirming (how did they do that?), hanging body bags? Disturbingly awesome! Taking a cue from Toy Factory's ending? It's all here. Great soundtrack as well. I noticed maybe two or three scenes left over from the original Slaughterhouse, but other than that, everything is new. I like the new line entrance scene as well ("Help us" in blood). Also with the new line location, you can see a bunch of old Whizzer footers.

Carnevil (x2): Not much different here, but it doesn't need it! Lot of monsters in here. I've realized that the song is much better when you're listening to it in it's proper context. I wish CGA would release the alternate lyrics version that plays while you're inside the maze ("We'll deep fry anything!").

Toy Factory (x2): With the new Slaughterhouse, and the stellar Carnevil, Toy Factory's fallen a bit behind. Don't get me wrong, it's still one of the best mazes in the park, but I just wish there was something new in here, because there really isn't. The ending is still as forceful as ever, and the song still stays in your head forever.

Cornstalkers (x2): New sound effects, and many new branching paths. I was disappointed in the truck part though, the horn's gotten very quiet.

Club Blood (x2): The old exit is now the new entrance, and the new exit is the old entrance. As a result, you're walking through the maze in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, they didn't change the order of the scenes from last year, and now the story doesn't work as well. The vampire-infested backrooms of the club are now the first things you see, and the actual club with the dancers is at the end. Is it bad that I think the best part of this maze is being in the Pictorium? I was looking up most of the time, the height of that ceiling never ceases to amaze me. One of the emergency exits in the maze was slightly open, so I took a quick peek while walking by, and I could see some of the theater seating. Highlight of the maze.

and last, and certainly least...

Werewolf's Canyon (x1): If Cedar Fair was going to be around next year, I'd say this maze would be the next to be redone. There was barely any monsters here, and the maze is too long for it's own good. Although, the guy with the gigantic werewolf mask was great.

Random tidbits:

Had a mini-ERT session on Vortex. My brother and I were literally the only ones on it, and we stayed on for two rides. For some reason, Vortex is better on the second consecutive lap.

The Spongebob TVs were on, but I don't think the Action Theater was open. Equally odd was the fact that the TVs for the right side of the theater were on, displaying some green text.

I didn't see any of the shows, but I happened to pass by Blood Drums (looked pretty good) and the Freak Show (same ol', same ol').

Haunt 2011 is pretty damn good. The new Slaughterhouse alone makes me want to say that this year is better than 2010, but the fact that we're missing a scare zone keeps me from saying that with confidence. I think it's on par with last year, and that's a very good thing!

On to the pictures (I apologize for the blurriness, my camera does not like the night).

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The Overlord summoning his minions. Look how high he is!

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Monsters roaming around. You can also get an idea of what the crowds were like.

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The monsters bowing to their master.

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This is one of the best costumes.

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The elaborate Blood Drums set.

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Slaughterhouse -- great entrance, even better maze.

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Check out the new gates for Underworld Alley.

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How fitting -- a hearse parked on the Invertigarden. I was disappointed that they didn't take more advantage of the "Green" for this scare zone, and for Haunt in general.

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The disturbingly realistic electric chair guy.

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Doc Brown would be proud.

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You know you can hear the theme song now!

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Toy Factory line themeing.

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While waiting in line for Toy Factory, the Grizzly kept going by, nearly empty every time.

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Drop Tower is even better at night.

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Black Widow's Cavern signage.

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Putting the "fire" back in "Firefall!"

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I just couldn't get a good picture of this, but it gives you a view of where the new Club Blood entrance is.

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I'll leave you with the Overlord hanging out by Flight Deck!

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Re: The California's Great America Discussion Thread

Postby sjsharkattack10 » Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:08 pm

^ I'm in one of the pictures lol

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